The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has announced An Evening of Dance with MacArthur Fellows—a performance honoring 35 years of the iconic MacArthur Fellowship program. The performance will take place Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will be free to the public. The evening will include works by MacArthur Fellows including: Merce Cunningham (1985), Mark Morris (1991), Susan Marshall (2000 – work performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Kyle Abraham(2013), and Michelle Dorrance (2015).

This performance is one in a series of events celebrating the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship. Other programming partners for performances, discussions, and events include Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and 6th & I, New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art, The Commonwealth Club of California based in San Francisco, and Chicago’s own Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Humanities Festival, Grant Park Music Festival and The Field Museum.

“The Harris has had the honor of presenting, and forming deep relationships with, many brilliant MacArthur Fellows who have been acknowledged by this esteemed organization,” said Harris Theater’s president and managing director, Michael Tiknis. “These are artists that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and we are so looking forward to opening our doors to the public for them to enjoy this exceptional caliber of genius and creativity at no cost.”

The evening’s program includes Kyle Abraham’s Dearest Home (performed by; Mark Morris’ Pacific (performed by Mark Morris Dance Group); Merce Cunningham’s Springweather and People (performed by Erin Dowd and Forest Hersey of the Merce Cunningham Trust); Susan Marshall’s Kiss (performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s artistic director and choreographer who has set works on the Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Mikhail Baryshnikov); and Michelle Dorrance’s Boards and Chains (performed by Dorrance Dance).

The MacArthur Fellowships, called “genius grants” by the media, recognize exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential forsignificant contributions in the future.  Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, which comes with no stipulations or reporting requirements and allows recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions. Since 1981, 942 people have been named MacArthur Fellows.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited nominations. Fellows are selected through a rigorous process that has involved thousands of expert and anonymous nominators, evaluators, and selectors over the years. 

A calendar of the program’s 35th anniversary events is available at For more information or to reserve seats for the free event, visit

Harris Theater to Give Chicago Audiences a Diverse Evening of Dance Genius

The work of MacArthur Fellow Susan Marshall will be on view September 16 when Harris Theater for Music and Dance presents An Evening of Dance with MacArthur Fellows to Chicago audiences, The free program is a rare chance for audiences to see masterworks of today's disparate luminary choreographers on one stage.